Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected to develop throughout New Jersey Monday afternoon, forecasters say. 

In addition to heavy rain, thunderstorms may contain strong winds gusts and frequent lightning, according to a Hazardous Weather Outlook issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ.

Recognizing the threat, the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has placed New Jersey within the "slight risk" category for severe thunderstorms. 

After a possible lull overnight, similar conditions are expected on Tuesday.

But the warm, muggy air mass and threat of storms will end during the day on Wednesday as a cold front pushes out to sea, according to the National Weather Service.

Dry air will build in Wednesday night through Thursday, with an increase in moisture Friday and the chance of precipitation next weekend.

Temperatures at the shore are expected to top out in the low 80s throughout the week, according to NOAA. 

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